Posts in Music
Modernity and the Language of Film Music

A while ago I started watching Homecoming out of curiosity, in part because of my love for the excellent Mr. Robot from the same director (scored by the fantastic Mac Quayle) and in part for all the fuss about the soundtrack, entirely non-original and taken by classic movies of the past.  

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Years ago I read a wonderful interview with the great Elmer Bernstein.

When asked about his writing process, he said that when he was given a film to score, he would spend a lot of time just watching the film with no prejudice. He tried not to think about the music at all. No thoughts about themes, harmonies or orchestration.

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Become a Sonic Explorer

Finally, Salome Voegelin starts the first chapter of her book “Listening to Noise and Silence:  towards a philosophy of sound art” defining ”listening” not “as a physiological fact but as an act of engaging with the world”. The very moment I read that, I started thinking about the soundscape we’re immersed in every day in a different light.

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3 Cornerstones of Film Music

The first and third cornerstones are the easy ones: you can work on them and get better at your craft with experience.

Knowing what you want to say though, that's a whole different story and it’s a double-edged sword in the world of music for media.

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